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Idea: Make an Annual Video of Your Family Reviewing a Photo Book of the Past Year

Here’s a nice idea for an annual family tradition (especially if you’re a parent with young kids): take your family photos from the past year, create a year-in-review photo book, and then record some video of your family looking at the book and talking about it.

That’s what photographer Tim Kyle started doing this year with his two young daughters. The video above shows the three of them looking over their 2014 family photos “with expert commentary.”
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This DSLR Box Design Doubles as the Owner’s Manual

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Sustainability is a big and important idea these days, and it’s the one behind this new concept box design for DSLR cameras. It’s clever packaging that has two uses: once the camera is safely transported to the owner, the box is taken apart and used as the owner’s manual for the camera.
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Create Trippy Star Trail Effects in Time-Lapses Using a Motorized Zoom System

Here’s a neat video that shows what you get in a star trails time-lapse if you slowly move your lens’ zoom ring over the course of the long exposures. Long exposures naturally create star trails around Earth’s axis of rotation, but throw in some motorized zooms and you can turn those ordinary trails into some pretty trippy effects.
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Canon PowerShot N Transformed Into a Waist-Level Rolleiflex-style Camera

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The digital camera industry is dominated by eye-level viewfinders, but waist-level finders have their advantages. One main one is that it makes photographing strangers less threatening since the photographer is looking down instead of directly at the subjects.

Photographer Paul Richters wanted to bring the experience of shooting with waist-level finders to the world of digital cameras, so he turned his Canon PowerShot N compact camera into a little Rolleiflex-lookalike.
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Tintype Portraits of Silver Miners Created Using Silver They Mined

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Here’s a creative (and super meta) idea for a photo project: photographer Sean Hawkey traveled to a silver mine in Peru and shot tintype portraits of the miners there using the silver they mined as his emulsion.
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Giant Fantasy Scenes Created by Photographing Kids on the Floor with Everyday Things

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German photographer Jan von Holleben is known for creating imaginative scenes by having kids lie on the ground and carefully arranging everyday objects around them. One of his first viral projects that featured this style was “Dreams of Flying“.

His latest one is the most ambitious and elaborate of them all. Titled “Konrad Wimmel is in Town,” the series features gigantic scenes that took a year to create.
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Clone Photography Turns Ordinary Cat Owners Into Crazy Cat People

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For her project “Crazy Cat Lovers,” photographer AndrĂ©anne Lupien used clone photography to turn ordinary cat owners with one cat (or sometimes two or three) into crazy cat people with an army of cats swarming their homes.
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Wet Plate Collodion Portraits of Barbie Dolls

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Barbie Blad” by photographer Hamid Blad is a series of portraits that mixes the old and the new. The oldness is contributed by the fact that they are created using the 19th-century collodion process, while the newness is due to the fact that each portrait is of a Barbie doll.
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Backwards Footage of Steel Wool Spinning is a Treat for the Eyes

Spinning some burning steel wool around on the end of a rope is popular as a way to create dazzling long exposure photographs. It can also be used for dazzling video as well.

Photographer Richie Johnston created the video above by capturing a woman spinning steel wool in a forest and then reversing the footage. It’s titled “Ignition Sequences.”
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This Trippy Music Video Was Made with a Circular Rig of DSLRs and Clever Editing

Photographer and film director Naren Wilks created this mind-bending music video by arranging DSLRs around a circular green screen room. When the perspectives of the cameras are combined and synchronized, a “rotationally symmetric, kaleidoscopic world” is created. The song is “Fear & Delight” from the album Puppet Loosely Strung by The Correspondents.
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